Opening Keynote

Euvin Naidoo

HEAD OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES AND PUBLIC SECTOR PRACTICES FOR AFRICA, THE BOSTON CONSULTING GROUP

Euvin Naidoo is the first South African Partner and Managing Director to join The Boston Consulting Group's Johannesburg office where he serves as Head of the Financial Services and Public Sector Practices for Africa. Euvin's global and pan-African experience over the past 15 years encompasses engagement across more than 20 African countries within investment banking, personal and business banking, insurance, and risk, incorporating public-private partnerships, digital innovation, infrastructure and energy projects. Selected in 2009 as a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum (WEF), in 2012 he was recruited to the Forum’s Global Agenda Councils, where he served on the United States Council for 2 terms. He is a graduate of the Harvard Business School. Columbia University’s Journal of International Affairs has named Euvin one of the ‘Five Faces of African Innovation and Entrepreneurship’. In 2011, he was selected by Forbes as one of the African continent's Top 10 most ‘Powerful and Influential Men’ of his generation. Euvin is a previous TED Global Opening Speaker, where he delivered an address on Investing in Africa.


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CÉlestin MONGA

VICE PRESIDENT AND CHIEF ECONOMIST FOR ECONOMIC GOVERNANCE AND KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT, AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK (AFDB)

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Célestin MONGA, who is a Cameroonian national, joined the African Development Bank (AfDB) in July 2016 as the Bank’s Vice President and Chief Economist for Economic Governance and Knowledge Management. Before working for the AfDB, he was Managing Director at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). MONGA has held various board and senior executive positions in academia, financial services and international development institutions.

Monga joined the World Bank where he held positions in both the operations and research departments, including as Lead Economist in Europe and Central Asia, and as Manager of the policy review team in the Development Economics Vice Presidency. He has served as Senior Economic Advisor (Director-level) to the World Bank Senior Vice President and Chief Economist. He was also the Senior Advisor (Director-level) for structural transformation in the offices of the Vice President for Africa and Senior Vice President and Chief Economist.

He has a Master’s degree from the University of Sorbonne in Paris, was a Mason Fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, followed by additional graduate work at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan School of Management, and completed his PhD in France at the University of Pau.


PAUL HINKS

US CHAIR, INVEST AFRICA CEO SYMBION POWER

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Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Symbion Power, Paul Hinks is the driving force behind the company.  He has spent the past 39 years working in the power sector and for much of that period, has worked in Africa.  Paul is also the Chairman of Invest Africa USA, the largest membership platform providing access and investment for the private sector to the continent, with leadership in London, New York, Washington, DC, Dubai, Geneva, Lagos and Johannesburg.

He is a board member of Engender Health, a major US women’s health organization operating in 20 countries around the world. From 2012 to 2016 Paul was the Chairman of the Corporate Council on Africa, the Washington based organization that promotes trade and investment between the United States and Africa.  

Symbion Power is a US Independent Power Producer and Engineering Company based in Washington, DC that builds, owns and operates electricity infrastructure in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.  

Invest Africa was founded in 2013 as a platform for business leaders, investors, and entrepreneurs to gain insight and exposure to information and opportunities from Africa. Invest Africa is a network of decision makers at top global organizations, fund managers, private investors, family offices, entrepreneurs, and policy makers – all with a common interest in Africa.


DANIEL MONEHIN

DIVISION PRESIDENT, SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA AND HEAD OF FINANCIAL INCLUSION PILLAR FOR INTERNATIONAL MARKETS, MASTERCARD

Daniel leads Mastercard business across Sub-Saharan Africa as Division President. He also heads the Financial Inclusion pillar for Mastercard International Markets, comprising of over 200 countries. In this role, Daniel is primarily focused on establishing the Mastercard brand presence, deploying innovative payment solutions and partnering with governments and market regulators. He brings with him over 24 years of finance, consulting and relationship management experience. Working across the banking, manufacturing and distribution, technology and payment industries. 

Daniel started his career at Mastercard in 2006 as Vice President and Regional Finance Officer for the company’s Toronto office in Canada. Prior to joining Mastercard, he held senior finance roles at Hewlett-Packard and Ashland Inc.  Daniel is a recipient of the Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (FCPA) designation, a national award of distinction. He also serves on the Professional Accountants in Business (PAIB) Committee of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) .

Passionate about making the lives of people around him better, his community-focused volunteer efforts are based on leadership development among the youth, entrepreneurs and professionals. He received a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Queen's University, Ontario, Canada, and a Bachelor of Science (Honors) degree in Accounting from the University of Lagos, Nigeria. He has earned the Canadian Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA), the U.S. Certified Public Accountants (CPA), and Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (FCA) designations.


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Samuel Alemayehu

HEAD OF AFRICA CAMBRIDGE INDUSTRIES LTD.

Mr. Samuel Alemayehu started his career in Silicon Valley as a serial entrepreneur. He is the founder of three successful tech ventures based in California. He began his professional career as an Associate at Venrock Associates, where he focused on consumer media services around the world.  He then moved to Africa in 2009, founding and investing in numerous companies across the continent and in a range of industries. Most recently he co-founded Cambridge Industries Ltd, to accelerate the implementation of pioneering infrastructure projects. Currently he is overseeing the construction of the first municipal waste-to-energy facility in Africa, located in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia as well as the development of renewable energy projects in Uganda, Kenya, Cameroon, Senegal, Somaliland and Djibouti.

Samuel is an active angel investor globally and sits on the board of numerous companies. He is an expert on technology investments and the development of renewable energy projects in Africa with an emphasis in waste-to-energy, biomass and wind. He is a graduate of Stanford University School of Engineering.


Mohammed Dewji

PRESIDENT AND CEO OF METL

Mohammed Dewji is a businessman, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and former politician. He serves as the President and CEO of MeTL, a Tanzanian conglomerate founded by his father in the 1970s. Mohammed is single-handedly responsible for increasing MeTL’s revenues from $30 million to over $1.5 billion between 1999 and 2015. Currently, the MeTL group has investments in manufacturing, agriculture, trading, finance, mobile telephony, insurance, real estate, transport and logistics, and food and beverages. The group is conducting business in 11 countries and employs over 28,000 people with the aim to target over 100,000 people by 2021. MeTL’s operations contribute ~3.5% of Tanzania’s GDP. Mohammed served as Member of Parliament from 2005 – 2015 for his home town of Singida, after which he resigned from politics. In March 2015 Forbes magazine named him as the 21st richest person in Africa, with an estimated net worth of US $1.25 billion, having also been the first Tanzanian billionaire on the cover of Forbes magazine in 2013.


In addition to his many endeavors in the business arena, Mohammed also has demonstrated an exemplary record of contributing to the well-being of the people of his country via the Mo Dewji Foundation which he established in 2014. The scope of his contributions have covered educational assistance, healthcare, improving accessibility to basic needs such as water and community projects. Most recently Mohammed joined the Giving Pledge – an initiative started by Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates. This pledge is an effort to help address society's most pressing problems by inviting the world's wealthiest individuals and families to commit to giving more than half of their wealth to philanthropy either during their lifetime or upon their deaths. Mohammed is the first Tanzanian and one of the few Africans that have made the pledge in this group of 150+ billionaires, some of whom include Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Mark Zuckerberg and Strive Masiyiwa.


Binta Touré Ndoye

GENERAL MANAGER, ORAGROUP

Binta Touré Ndoye (45) is a Malian national and was appointed on July 1, 2016 General Manager of the pan-African banking network Oragroup. She started her career in the US before returning to Africa in 1995, when she joined Ecobank Côte d’Ivoire. She was appointed Managing Director of Ecobank Mali in 2007 and was entrusted with the implementation of strategic projects at the Lomé headquarters in 2013. Oragroup, which operates in 12 countries and four monetary zones, has established itself in less than ten years as a major player in the African banking sector. Binta Touré Ndoye holds an MBA from the University of Central Oklahoma.

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